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JULY 2017 |
umans have always possessed a specific affinity for the
cosmos—ever-reaching for the stars to find symbolism within
the infinite universe and searching the sky for guideposts to
glean a deeper understanding of mankind’s reason for being.
Pontificating the celestial panorama visible from earth was in fact a
dedicated and worthy endeavor of early man.
Today, things such as the modern calendar, constellations, and the
organization of our solar system are assumed common knowledge. We
are rarely taught or soon forget that thousands and thousands of years
ago lived groups of individuals who stared skyward, all day every day
for years, long before space travel and satellite images, collecting data
that essentially created time while also revealing the exquisite order of
the universe.
They mapped out the correlations between the heavens and the
earth: how the position of the sun affects the seasons, how the moon
affects the tide, and how the energy of what is going on above can
affect the energy and happenings down below. In modern times, these
symbolic correlations are most often dismissed as quickly and easily
as the horoscopes next to the funny pages in the newspaper. But
then sometimes, serendipity steps in and reminds us that the majesty
within these ancient discoveries is still very much alive.
By Kimber Fountain
Margaret Lejeune had the perfect name for the
sandwich shop she had dreamed for years about
opening. “I wanted to call it Odd Fellows,” she
remembers, in tribute to the international fraternity
that holds fast to the tenets of “Friendship, Love, and
Truth.” Right before it finally opened, after a year
and two weeks of interior construction that followed
nearly eleven years of honing her craft at a deli in
downtown Houston, Margaret was made aware that
her chosen homage was already registered in the
state of Texas by a restaurant chain in Dallas.
Pressed for time and thinking off the cuff, “We
decided to call it Old Moon,” she continues. “The
important thing was that the themes of friendship,
love, and truth definitely carried over. I had so many
friends who helped me out and showed me love.
They came here and offered me their talents to help
make this happen.” But her spontaneous moniker
would end up being far more appropriate than she
could ever have imagined at the time.
Most notable in their contribution to the opening of
Old Moon Deli & Pies was Patrick Wheeler, Margaret’s
co-worker turned friend turned business partner. “I
worked with Patrick for years [at the sandwich shop]
in Houston, and we had always talked about having
our own shops. So I called him and I said, ‘do you
want to do this with me?’” Margaret recalls. “It was
a lot to ask of him, to leave his home in Houston and
Old Moon
Deli & Pies